Archive for September 2008

Jung SuWon warriors of the wild – Ferdinand, don’t drop your awareness!

September 28, 2008

Ah, awareness!  Wouldn’t we all like to have more of it!  That is what training is all about at Jung SuWon, to develop awareness in all that we do.  But it’s of course not that easy.   Here is what Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim says about awareness:

“True awareness means being right where you are, right now, without fear or worry or obsession about the future or past.  When you manage to do that, a wonderful thing happens.  Focused here, now, you become undistracted.  You find yourself becoming mentally quiet.  And when that happens, you “hear” your Silent Master” quite clearly.  You perceive all around you quite clearly.  You find yourself knowing what to do – now, then minutes from now, or tomorrow.  As a result, you consistently find yourself in the right place at the right time. “

For example, during sparring, we learn awareness simply by the instant feedback our sparring partner provides.  You don’t have awareness, you end up getting hit.  Of course, speed, agility, experience all come into play as well, but without awareness, all the other things won’t do you any good.

Here, it seems, our Jung SuWon turkey warrior Ferdinand has become complacent, is letting his guards down down, and is behaving as if he had no care in the world….good thing the dogs were feeling lazy too….just because you are in a familiar environment, doesn’t mean you don’t need awareness.  Finally Ferdinand realized that there was a big dog around and promptly followed his brothers and sisters…..

Watch what happened out there, in the not so wild….

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why not Me! Or, fly, Ferdinand, fly!

September 18, 2008

Sometimes we need a reminder that we have already learned something, and that if we didn’t put that learning into action, it would no longer be a mistake, but a choice. 

I always liked what Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim wrote about mistakes in her book, “The Silent Master.” 

“You make mistakes any time you do something new.  If you already knew how to do something without making mistakes, it wouldn’t be new!  It would already be a habit.  So let mistakes be friendly teachers, the fertilizer for growth.  When I say be wililng to make mistakes, I mean let your mistakes lead you into new understandings and new actions.  As long as you’re making different mistakes, you can be sure you ar eon a path of learning.  It is a natural part of the process.  Of course, you don’t want to keep repeating the same mistakes.  If that happens, it’s a signal that you are not learning from the mistakes the way you should.  All that you judge to be a mistake in  your life is nothing more and nothing less than an event that teaches you something.”  page 38

Animals are a little less complicated.  They just do what comes natural.  When it’s time to fly, birds fly.  They might fail many times before they can do it but they never give up trying until they are doing it.  Every once in a while an unusual one comes along that needs a little extra help with the learning. 

Here, it seems that our Jung SuWon turkey warrior Ferdinand has temporarily forgotten how to fly…until a very helpful canine came along to remind him.

Watch and see first hand what happened out there, in the wild…..

Unity and Teamwork – at Jung SuWon and in the wild!

September 1, 2008

As you probably have gathered by now, I love nature.  Yesterday I was out, pruning the roses (in itself a never ending job and in itself it’s own blog topic – the imporance of pruning, but I digress….)

So, while I was happily pruning away, I came within a couple of feet of disaster –  a swarm of bees had chosen the tree rose as a resting place, and it was so cleverly concealed it was hard to spot them.  Also, when bees swarm, they aren’t very aggressive and so there wasn’t much activity around the cluster.  I saw the pretty much last minute and was able to retreat, without a single sting.

I was amazed at this swarm.  Each bee in itself is so small and looks so weak.  But together they are very strong and accomplish so much!  Think about the wax and the hives they make, the pollen they gather from miles away and turn into honey, and so on.

Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has taught from my very first class 24 years ago, that for example, each finger is very weak.  You can easily break them. 

But put together as a fist, these fingers become extremely strong, and can break through wood, cinderblocks, even glass, and especially through all our fears and weaknesses.  And on a larger scale, each person alone – if left living alone – would have a hard time fending for him/herself.  But it’s the working together, the unity, that has made us humans into who and what we are today. 

As for the bees – rather than dousing them with water or trying to chase them away, I simply waited – and, true to their nature – they moved on, to find a suitable place where they can build their new hive.